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Midsummer Wine Dinner at Princess Anne Hotel



News Release:  Thursday, June 7th, 2018

About: Wine Dinner at Princess Anne Hotel
Please join us on Wednesday, July 18th for "A Midsummer Wine Dinner" at Princess Anne Hotel starting at 6:45. The Princess Anne Hotel is located at 301 East Chestnut, one block off Charlotte Street.
The menu offers a summer inspired dinner prepared by Chef Todd Ritter including amuse-bouche and four courses each paired with a wine from Grapevine Distribution. Dessert will be a very special sorbet trio! The menu is posted on MetroWines blog here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog
The cost is $80 including tax but not gratuity. Please call Princess Anne to reserve your seat at (828) 258-0986. Because seating is limited, the reservation window closes at 5pm on Sunday, July 15th, 2018. All wines will be available for purchase through MetroWines at a special event price.
Originally built in 1924, The Princess Anne Hotel combines tradition, history and southern hospitality. Serving brunch every Sunday from 11 to 3pm, the Princess Anne Hotel will open for dinner during the week later in the year. 
More about The Princess Anne Hotel here: http://princessannehotel.com/
Contact for The Princess Anne Hotel: Samantha Fann at (828) 258-0986
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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The Princess Anne Hotel and Metro Wines Presents…

A Midsummer Wine Dinner

Crispy Cauliflower Wings

Sundried tomato and blue goat cheese sauce, basil salt, balsamic reduction

NV Cune Cava, Penedes, Spain 

Roasted and Stuffed Peach

Prosciutto and peach marmalade, tarragon, spiced pistachios

2017 Lubanzi Chenin Blanc, Swartland, SA

Rosemary Smoked Silky Avocado Cold Soup

Charred Lemon Creme fraiche, scallop ceviche, fried leeks, parmesan tuile

2017 Amity White Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR  

Basil Marinated Jumbo Sea Scallop

Creamy popcorn grits, braised chard, cranberry beurr blanc

2017 Commanderie de la Bargemon Rose, Provence, FR

Caribbean Jerk Oxtail

Whipped golden beets, black berry peach chutney, ginger and wine poached beet greens  

2014 Capcanes Mas Collet, Montsant, SP 

Sorbet trio

Watermelon, Raspberry & Rosé

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Great Rose' Tasting July

News Release; Monday, June 4th, 2018

About: Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
The tradition continues! Join us for The Great Rose' Tasting on Saturday, July 14th from 10am to 7pm at MetroWines. Six bottles of Rose' from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day long.
"Every month, the crowd gets bigger," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Customers are finding that with all the different varietals and styles, there is a Rose' for any occasion." 
The Great Rose Tasting will continue once each month through December.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Great Rose' Tasting June

Great Rose Tasting: June

Event Pricing (10% off any bottle) in RED

    L'Espigoutte, Rhone: 60%Grenache, 20%Syrah & 20%Cinsault

Family owned, Domaine L'Espigouette offers this fresh Rose with hints of citrus and mineral finish making it perfect as an aperitif or with a summer meal. The sandy, clay soils provide an elegance and depth to the wine. Grapes from estate Cote du Rhone vines averaging 45 years. Leaner, old school style.

Shelf Price: $21.00  Event Price: $14.99

    Copain, North Coast, Santa Rosa: 88%Pinot Noir and 12%Syrah

Salmon pink in glass. Watermelon, grapefruit, lemon blossom, satsuma orange on nose. All this and tart cherry, strawberry, Meyer Lemon and Granny Smith Apples on palate. Moderate acidity. Mendicino County is all the rage!

Shelf Price: $ 13.99  Event Price: $11.99 

    Rustenberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa: 100%Petite Verdot

The newest edition to Rustenberg Wine Portfolio, this dry Rose' exhibits elegant flavors of strawberries and rose water. We are not aware of any other winery that makes a 100% Petite Verdot Rose!

Shelf Price: $13.99    Event Price: $11.99

    J.Mourat, Loire: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Negrette & Gamay.

Flavors of white peach, raspberry, hint of orange peel. Long on the palate with great acidity makes this Rose perfect for spicy foods like Thai Curry. Mourat is also available in splits and wine kegs.

Shelf Price: $14.99   Event Price: $12.99

    La Villa Real, La Mancha, Spain: 100%Tempranillo

Dry Rose presenting flavors of raspberry, strawberry cherry and violet. Perfect with pasta, paella and machego cheese! Classic Spanish style.

Shelf Price: $7.49    Event Price: $6.99 

    Leverano, Puglia: 80%Negroamaro and 20%Malvasia. 

The winery dates back to the 16th century. Popular around the world including Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Czech Republic, Leverano is a direct import of Haw River Wine Man in NC, cutting out the middle man and keeping the price low. Also available in a really big bottle!

Shelf Price: $8.99   Event Price: $7.99



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Flaky Cousin at Wedding!


We can't help you with your attendants or guest list @MetroWines BUT for nearly everything else, like wine, beer, venue, even comedians!! yeah we got that!

"Weddings Start @MetroWines!" Call brandie at (828) 575-9525.

DEAR ABBY: I have an extremely difficult decision to make. I recently got engaged to the love of my life. However, with this comes the decision of who should be my maid of honor.

Until a couple of years ago, the choice was obvious – my cousin. Over the past couple of years, though, we’ve become distant. She’s an extremely flaky person and can’t be counted on for much. Now, I also have a best friend who is always there when I need her, but we’ve been friends for only a couple of years.

My immediate family says I should still ask my cousin to be my maid of honor because her feelings will be hurt if I don’t. Abby, I don’t want to give such a special title to someone I can no longer depend on. She has hurt my feelings countless times by not being there. She shouldn’t get the honor just because I’ve known her forever. Please help. -- STUCK AT A CROSSROADS

DEAR STUCK: Talk to your cousin and also your best friend. When you do, remind your cousin there are serious responsibilities that go along with being a maid of honor and ask if they would create a problem for her. Tell her that if it’s too much for her, she could be a bridesmaid. If she says she wants to be maid of honor, give her the chance. However, if she flakes EVEN ONCE, ask your best friend to step in.

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Zagra, Rustenberg Rose', Monte Tondo Corvina, ZOE Update

Grillo: Dry, Italian White Grape
Makes "Top 20 Under $20" by NYT Eric Asimov

If you shop @MetroWines, you know ZAGRA.
We have been fans of ZAGRA and all wines from Valle dell'Acate
and owner Gaetana Jacono Gola since we opened the store five years ago.
Our interview with Gaetana during her most recent visit to Asheville.

What Eric Asimov said about ZAGRA

   "In recent years, I have seen more dry whites made from grillo, a grape once known as the backbone of sweet Marsala or for making big, blousy dry wines. This one — from various coastal vineyards in eastern Sicily — is young, fresh, floral and refreshing, with lingering earthy notes. Delightful."

(YIKES! ZAGRA sold out yesterday. Back in stock on Thrusday after 2pm.
In the meantime, try another great Italian White Wine @MetroWines)


100% Petite Verdot, Stellenbosch
Hand Picked. Steel Tank Fermentation
Tasting Notes:
This rosé exhibits aromas and flavors of red fruits: strawberries, cranberries
and red cherries rounded by a fresh clean palate and food friendly palate weight.
Gold Medal Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2017
Silver Medal International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017


Corvina is the main grape in "Valpolicella"
And Monte Tondo is 100% Corvina!
Pasta and Clams? Bring it ON!

From Small Vineyards, $13.99
   To create the classic Valpolicella cuvee, the noble Corvina is typically blended with other varietals such as Molinara and Rondinella. Monte Tondo’s Veneto IGT is the extraordinarily rare 100% Corvina wine crafted from vines that could wear the more recognized Valpolicella label. Transparent garnet in the glass, Monte Tondo’s Corvina is redolent of pie cherries, orange peel, potpourri, mint, and star anise. Brisk on the attack yet round and satisfying, Monte Tondo’s Corvina conveys suggestions of violets, white pepper, and ruby red grapefruit notes wrapped around a bright, vibrant core of sour cherry fruit. Bitter herbs and fine tannins join the wine’s chewy core of red fruits to make this an exceptionally versatile and table-ready red wine. Pair this over the coming two years with just about everything but shellfish, oily fish, and delicate freshwater fish preparations.



ZOE, the fabulous Greek Rose that won the
May Rose Tasting is IN shop!

(Down to less than 2 cases out of 6. So, hurry!)

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Beer Beats Arthritis

Beer Beats Arthritis!

American experts found that beer protects women from a deadly disease. Specialists from the Harvard Medical School in Boston conducted relevant studies, reports ” Medic Forum “.

In the observations of scientists participated 250 thousand women. In the course of the experiment it turned out that the use of certain types of beer allowed participants to reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. As a result, the probability of the disease decreased by 31%.

Beer, The Laboratory People

“Perhaps a moderate use of alcohol two or three times a week can reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women,” the study authors said.

Researchers have not yet been able to explain how exactly physiologically beer helps women reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease of unknown etiology, characterized by symmetrical damage to cartilage and bone tissue. The disease leads to a deterioration in the quality of life, disability and premature death.

Earlier in the UK, a 100-year-old woman explained the longevity of love for beer .


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Ancient Yeast in Beer

By Mike Cherney for Wall Street Journal


Tim Decker hoped some lichen he found in the California hills last summer would contain an exotic strain of yeast that would give a unique flavor to his home-brewed beer.

Have an old one
Have an old one

Mr. Decker put the lichen in a jar with a sugary solution to see if the liquid would ferment, a sign that yeast, which consumes sugars and releases alcohol, could be present. Weeks later, a small wormlike grub appeared, likely crawling out of a bit of wood attached to the lichen.

“I knew pretty quickly that wasn’t going to be something I was going to want to put in my beer,” says Mr. Decker, 33 years old, who writes the AltBrau beer blog and plans to start a commercial brewing operation. In another such experiment, he found a spider floating in the jar.

Mr. Decker is in the vanguard of a brewing movement in the beer world: trying to find the weirdest, funkiest yeast. Even global drinks companies are entering the contest, hoping new and exclusive brewswith a story behind them will entice consumers who are increasingly migrating to wine and spirits.

But finding new yeasts and successfully using them in a modern brewery can take years of work—and there is no guarantee of success. Brewers sometimes have to dump thousands of gallons of undrinkable beer.

Entire Article HERE.

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ZAGRA makes Eric Asimov "Top20 Under $20"

If you shop @Metrowines, you KNOW Zagra. Review from way back here!

We have been big fans of not just Zagra but all wines from Valle dell'Acate and owner Gaetana Jacono Gola since we opened the store five years ago. 

In an interview with Gaetana, she told us that outisde of the US, her biggest market is Japan. Why? Because her Zagra and Frappato GO with anything! Interview here! 


Color: Bright straw-colored yellow
Aroma: Complex with distinctive aromas of white flowers and minerals
Flavor: Large, velvety but alive, with great structure and persistence with strong flavor and minerality

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Three Sticks Deal Alert!


The James Three Sticks 2012
Santa Rita Hills

Winemaker says: "Complex wild berry and forest floor on the nose with hints of creamy cherry and loamy earth. On the palate, bright acidity and ripe huckleberry transition into racy red and black fruit with a structured, balanced finish."

We would add: "Rich, gutsy and balanced tannins, ripe berry spice and cedar."

The bottle is $23.
Internet pricing ranges from $54 to $69.
Our price is over 50% less. Why?
Because when we get a deal, you get a deal 

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Party Perfect Sparkling

Gathering Recommended!

Los Monteros CAVA
100% Macabeo, Bottle Fermented
Catalonia, Spain

Apple and peach aromas are clean at first but struggle to stay vital.
The CAVA is citrusy on the tongue, with acidity similar to orange juice.
Mild flavors of orange and pink grapefruit finish light and fresh.

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Travel Summer through Wine

WSJ Talks Summer Vacation Deals
Can't go? Travel vicariously through wine.
Shop bottles or plan a private tasting @MetroWines.

You are going? Be ready! Be the wine who knows the wine.
Plan a private class and tasting. And Bon voyage.
Call (828) 575-9525

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Mulderbosch Rose'

You are Always on Vacation with Rose!

Mulderbosch is Back!
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa

Winemaker Notes: 
"An attractive confected cherry note greets the nose, followed by subtle rose petal aromatics and a crisp mineral note that holds it all together nicely. Due to careful selection of vineyard sites and gentle fruit handling in the cellar the palate has an effortless poise about it. Sweet-fruited Cabernet flavors and early-picked natural acidity make for an intense palate that refreshes with each sip."

And Mulderbosch is Socially Responsible
As a member of WWF-SA Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, Mulderbosch follows environmentally responsible management practices both in the cellar and vineyards and on the land. Sections of the farm are zoned for conservation; projects including wetland rehabilitation and the introduction of fish, to removing alien invasive species of grass and replanting the indigenous, encouraging more bird species and insects.

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Great Rose' Tasting June


Great Rose Tasting @MetroWines
Saturday, June 2nd @MetroWines from 10am to 7pm
6 Bottles from around the world "on the taste" and "on the house"

As Featured in Carolina Epicurean
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Francois Servin Talks @MetroWines


Francois Servin poured his Chablis @MetroWines on Saturday Night, May 19th.
There were over 40 people crowding the bar through the two hours of the tasting so a sit down interview was not possible. This is what I gleaned from Francois as he responded to questions from the crowd.
First, Francois is a lovely and engaging person, with or without great Chablis!
Francois is ALL about Chablis and so was his father before him and his father before him. So he likes, he makes, and he almost exclusively drinks Chablis. 
Francois says there is a danger beyond diversity in this singular approach to wine. If all you drink is your own, he says, "it's hard to tell if the wine is off."  Francois and other makers in Chablis have a regular get together where they taste test each other's wines.
But what if you got crazy, I asked Francois, and drank another wine? Waht wold it be? "Red Burgundy," he says. Some security, Francois believes, in this choice. "Because there is some pain with Bordeaux," says Francois.  "Bordeaux is either too old or too young, there is always something wrong and you don't know until you open the bottle!"
What if you get crazy again and decide to grow another varietal. What would it be?Sit down. "Zinfandel," says Francois. "Zinfandel is fruity and easy to drink." 
So not all things California are bad! But one thing that is bad is what the big early produces did to the name Chablis. The truth is that jug had a concoction of mostly table food grapes, not Chardonnay from Chablis. I ask Francois how we can get past the stigma of a big jug that calls itself Chablis. Francois suggests we refer to the bottle first as Chardonnay and then say it is "from Chablis."
BTW, Francois does not eat cheese. I ask what the cheese eaters would pair with his Chablis. Francois says some french cheese that I can't pronounce and "gruyere."

Besides the US, Francois says his biggest markets are UK, Japan and, get this, Russia.

And one more thing. I had Disco cranked up on Spotify. I asked francois if he would prefer different music. "Yes, Country," he says. "I don't get to hear it much in Chablis!"

All in all a good night. 
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Italian Wine Tasting: Kobrand

News Release: May 18th, 2018

About: Italian Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us for a tasting of Italian Wines from Kobrand Wine and Spirits on Monday, June 18th from 5 to 6:30pm @MetroWines.
Ryann Harris, Fine Wine Manager for Empire Distributors, and Mauro Maugliani, the Italian Specialist for Kobrand, will host the event.  Wines will be offered at a special "event price" this evening.
Four wines will be "on the taste" and "on the house" at the event:

Feudo Maccari Grillo IGP: Straw yellow and gold with intense floral aromas with notes of citrus, peach, almonds and sweet grass. 

Masi, Rosa dei Masi (Refosco Rosé): Salmon pink with cherry colored reflectios. Intense aromas of just rippened berry fruit on the nose, especially raspberries and wild cherries. Soft and well balanced. 

Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo (Super Tuscan): 80% Sangiovese. Intense ruby red in color with a fruity, spicy bouquet and ripe cherries and berries on the palate.


Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo: The wine shows layered aromas and flavors of mint, red fruit and spices. The palate shows silky tannins and bright acidity before a long finish. 

About Kobrand Wines: Kobrand imports and markets a distinguished portfolio of hand selected brands representing virtually every major wine region of the world and its most iconic specialty spirits. Family owned since its founding in 1944, Kobrand attributes its success to a single guiding principle that describes the people, products and relationships behind it: quality.

The portfolio is a collection of gems of New World and Old, including American wineries such as Cakebread Cellars, Sequoia Grove and St. Francis as well as the wines of European masters such as Champagne Taittinger and Maison Louis Jadot and the Portos of Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft. The legendary Sassicaia from Italy’s Tenuta San Guido and the wines of Craggy Range in New Zealand are relatively new additions that will stand the test of time. The spirits portfolio includes the original Alizé liqueurs as well as fine Cognacs, Armagnacs and other premium spirits.

A portfolio like this grows out of the decades-long experience of passionate professionals who seek out the star viticulturists, winemakers and distillers who are its key contributors. This is Kobrand today: a story of continuing tradition, a story of strong commitment, a story of innovative excellence... a Story of Quality.


Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Love Drunk

Could there be a better wedding bottle? Shop Love Drunk @MetroWines.

"Love Drunk" by Andre Mack

Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry,
followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind,
and a hint of kiwi. Full fruit content with good body and DRY.

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Are Expensive Wines Worth It?

"Are expensive Wines Worth It?"
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

Tells All for Capital at Play
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Love Drunk, Pinot Nero, Lis Neris, Beaucastel, Chablis


"Love Drunk" by Andre Mack
Rice Salad Approved!
Despite the fact that this is a salad, there are some heavy flavors:
fresh herbs including cilantro, lemon, fennel and fish juice!
That said, you want a Rose that is fairly full bodied, softer with lower acidity.
And that said, you want Love Drunk!

Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry,
followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind,
and a hint of kiwi. Full fruit content with good body and DRY.

Brilliant medium ruby red with a fresh, fruity nose, reminiscent of red currants
and black cherry; medium-bodied, round with soft tannins and ripe berry flavors
well integrated with the acidity. A stylish and elegant wine.
"Read it With" Requirements: 2 bottles!
Cellaring potential: 2-4 years.
Lis Neris Sauvignon Blanc, Friuli, just east of Slovenia

This polished, structured white opens with intense aromas of yellow peach,
passion fruit, dried hay and crushed tomato vine. The linear, vibrant palate delivers juicy nectarine, creamy white peach and green melon.
It's balanced, with refreshing acidity.

“Lis Neris has been very well-known in Italy for years, but I rarely, if ever, hear much about the wines in the US, which is a shame. Proprietor Alvaro Pecorari crafts rich, textured wines from his vineyards in the Isonzo district. The top whites are all aged in 500-liter barrels, which gives the wines considerable texture.” Antonio Galloni

Coudoulet de Beaucastel, 2013
by Famille Perrin

As early as 1687, the property of Pierre de Beaucastel, ennobled by King Louis XVI, has been part of the history of the Rhone Valley. A deep ruby red color in the glass. The nose presents aromas of red fruit, blackberries, black cherries and licorice.
On the palate, you will find hints of wild thyme and a finely structured wine
that shows very good length. Can age in bottle here and Stockholm!

Critical Acclaim: 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast
Unlike many vintages of Coudoulet, this one is medium-bodied and fruit-forward, offering hints of cherries, mulberries and wild Provençal herbs. Those garrigue notes linger on the softly dusty finish. Drink now–2023.

Meet the Winemaker Francois Servin
in a rare US appearance

Saturday, May 19th from 4 to 6pm 
@ and ONLY @MetroWines
The good stuff, the really good stuff "on the house"

*** Event Pricing ***

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Great Rose' Tasting June 2nd


News Release:  Friday, May 11th, 2018

About: Great Rose Tasting for June
Join us for the monthly Great Rose Tasting on Saturday, June 2nd from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines, 169 Charlotte Street in Asheville.
Six bottles of Rose made from different varietals and representing different countries from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day.
"Last month, the most popular bottle of Rose was from Greece," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You think you don't like Rose, but maybe you really do!"
As always, there will be a handout with tasting notes and "event pricing" on featured bottles.
Contact @MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Mark Orsini in June


New Release: Monday, May 7th, 2018
About: Asheville Wine Focus Group
Please join us for the Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines on Wednesday June 6th from 5:30 to 6:30. Mark Orsini of Orsini Wines will be our host presenting four wines for your consideration.
"This is your chance to play wine shop owner," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You will be asked questions and provide feedback to help us determine which wines to carry in the shop."

Follow Orsini Wines here: 

Check out Asheville Wine Focus Group here: 

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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